If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis, Author
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James, Philosopher
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat . . .We must find each other.
- Mother Theresa, Saint
You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
- A. A. Milne, Author (Winnie the Pooh)
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist
All real living is meeting.
- Martin Buber, Philosopher
In American life, we think we are most free when we don't need anybody. Exactly what Alzheimer's represents is absolute dependency - That's what we all need to learn - how deeply we need one another.
- Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
- Bil Keane, Cartoonist
Nothing is more revealing than movement.
- Martha Graham, Dancer
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer, Missionary
A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
- Lin Yutang, Writer
Memory Bridge Newsletter
10/09/12 - Open Participation Announcement for Memory Bridge Training
The Bridge is Calling!
You may have seen our previous announcement of the 2013 Memory Bridge Training Retreat, to be held June 23-28, 2013 at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Due to a sizeable and enthusiastic response to the Training Retreat announcement on the part of people from many walks of service, we are broadening the eligibility for participation in the training. We are now offering this opportunity to non-teachers as well as teachers, and are extending the application deadline accordingly.
The Retreat will still be limited to 12 participants on a scholarship basis only. All expenses except travel will be paid. In addition to middle and high school teachers who want to bring the Memory Bridge Initiative to their schools, applications are open to care providers, therapists who work with people with dementia, administrators, and service providers whose field of service enriches the life experiences of people with dementia.
The design of the retreat will be based on Memory Bridge’s Life Is a Bridge Dementia Immersion Training, an experience-centered learning model that positions people with dementia in the roles of teacher, guide, and companion. We are seeking applicants who share our dedication to ending the social isolation of people with dementia through our learning how to be with them in emotionally and spiritually sustaining ways.
Details about the Training Retreat and scholarship application are provided on the Memory Bridge website at www.MemoryBridge.org. Individuals who wish to be considered for participation in the Retreat should submit their completed forms no later than February 1, 2013 (revised deadline).
Prospective applicants may contact Jane Harlan-Simmons at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community with questions.